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Thanks to the wonderful photographers who give their time, capture the magic of the day, and keep the festival alive all year round in these fantastic images. HAVE A FLICK THROUGH OUR FLICKR!   CLARISSA DEBENHAM ANDREW KENYON JON WEBBER MATT ALLEN     MARK MASSEY ANDREW WILD FRANCES BECKERMAN SHARIF RADWAN ROB HUMM CHLOE […]

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Change Makers Blog: June 30th 2017 – Change Maker Artist’s Labs at Metal

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CHANGE MAKERS BLOG June 30th 2017 – Change Maker Artist’s Labs at Metal (Julie Cleves – photo by Kate Marsh) As a person with a disability, a disabled person, a dis-ah-blayed[1] person or (Dis)abled[2] person or a weirdo[3] I have often spoken about my enjoyment in defining myself as ‘different’. This has not always been […]

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NPO Funding Announcement


We are really delighted to let you know that Metal were successful in our bid to remain an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation for a further four years from 2018 – 2022, announced yesterday (27 June 2017). This award enables us to continue our work in the cities of Liverpool and Peterborough and across […]

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Craft Workshops at Gateway Academy


Between 7-22 June, in partnership with the Crafts Council creative development team, Metal are running a series of FREE workshops in traditional crafts with the Gateway Academy, Thurrock. We will be working with one hundred year 9 and 10 students to up-skill them in craft skills that can be taken into the workplace, with award winning […]

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SOUTHEND ~ Woodland: French & Mottershead – Audio Artwork Launch

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Launch: Sat 17 June 11am-3pm, with artist’s talk at 1:30pm NetPark Open Day Metal, Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8NB   Woodland: French & Mottershead Woodland is an audio work that describes your body’s fade into the leaf litter of a forest floor. This work connects you deeply to your body, and tells the […]

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We’d love you to join us for the launch of Spiky Black, a collaboration between artists Alison Carlier & Amanda Loomes this Wednesday 14 June between 5pm and 7pm.  The work is being hosted as part of NetPark, the world’s first digital art park in Chalkwell Park and offers a transformative audio layer to the experience of Chalkwell Park […]

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Love Letter to Southend – Vote your favourite!


The borough of Southend is 125 years old this year! As part of the celebrations, Metal invited students from every school in the Borough to send a Love Letter to Southend. We received over 3000 entries! All of these postcards and thousands more will be shown in a huge exhibition at Village Green on Sat […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

  This week, it’s Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May 2017), followed by next week’s Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May 2017). Please check out the information on different projects run under our NetPark Wellbeing Programme HERE. We’re proud to share these stats with you: · Over 600 HOURS of NetPark /Digital Art Mental Wellbeing delivered over last 16 […]

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